Justice Binta Nyako has rejected a request to transfer the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, from the custody of the Department of State Services (DSS) to Kuje correctional centre.
Naija News reports that the judge gave the order on Monday during the resumption of Kanu’s trial in Abuja.
Nnamdi Kanu through his counsel, Ifeanyi Ejiofor, had asked Justice Nyako to transfer him as he cannot get a fair trial if he remains in the custody of the DSS.
He also sought for an order to grant him access to his medical doctor for the purpose of carrying out a comprehensive independent medical examination on him.
Ruling on the application, Justice Nyako ordered that the DSS should allow access to Kanu, although it won’t be a free-for-all.
This newspaper had earlier reported that the IPOB leader’s trial was adjourned till October 21st, 2021.
Justice Binta Nyako adjourned the trial on Monday at the resumption of proceedings at the court in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
The trial suffered a setback after the Department of State Services (DSS) failed to produce Kanu in court.
The judge slammed the action of the DSS noting that she had stayed back in her chambers waiting for the defendant to be in court.
She asked the prosecution to be diligent with dates whenever she gives one, stressing that it was important for Kanu to be present at his trial.